‘Empire’ Season 4 Recap [with MINOR spoilers]

Season 4 of Empire premiered last check. Check out TheOriginalChatman’s review below. Warning…MAJOR spoilers!

FOX’s hit music drama Empire returned Wednesday (Sept. 27) switching time slots with its sister show, Star. Was the season 4 premiere a hit or a miss? Check out TheOriginalChatman’s review below! WA R N I N G ⇔ spoilers below!

First of all, I’m forever grateful for the “previously on…” recaps before every episode. They’ve been doing it seasons prior; however, the season 3 recap was much needed as I was unprepared for the somewhat emotional rollercoaster season 4 premiere laid out for us.

The season 3 finale went out with a bang..literally! Surviving a nasty explosion in Las Vegas last season lead to Luscious experiencing a mild case of amnesia. With his loss of memory came along empty memories of family, Empire, or life before the explosion.

That all changes when Luscious returns home from the hospital (in style being chauffeured inside a stretch limo— mean this is Empire after all!) with his attractive and extremely “hands-on” doctor Claudia, played by Demi Moore. More on Demi’s character later.

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Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson returning as Cookie and Luscious for Wednesday’s season 4 premiere. Image credit goes to Chuck Hodes for FOX.

For starters, his role as an amnesiac seemed realistic for someone who survived a near-death experience. Nevertheless, I couldn’t shake the feeling that deep down he’s faking it for some hidden ultimatum. Why? Take for example the outside dinner scene near the pool. While Cookie, Andre, and Jamal took turns walking him thru the missing gaps of his memories, as expected it was youngest son Hakeem who pushed his father too far.

Storming away from the dinner table like a spoiled child, Luscious threatened to jump in the pool due to the family scaring him. The once mighty Luscious Lyon reacted like a baby cub. This scene altogether was the weakest; but the episode improves over the hour.

Furthermore, season after season, Luscious Lyon has illustrated himself as the ruthless villain constantly turning his back on family for personal gain. It’s quite understandable why I’ve jumped to this conclusion.

Dr. Claudia Takes The “Hands On” Approach Too Seriously

I’ma keep it short and sweet. Dr. Claudia and Luscious were more than likely knocking boots while on his road to recovery from amnesia. Watch how closely the two interact throughout the episode. I’d shoot my shot at my doctor if she looked as good as Demi Moore too! I ain’t mad at cha playa!

Remember #Cooscious?

How could we forget about #Cooscious (half Cookie, half Luscious)? Despite their various relationship road blocks, Cookie and Luscious were finally back on track after he poured his undying love out to her moments before the accident.  Cookie’s been one tough cookie (sorry for the lame pun!) for years, yet we see a softer side of her upon Luscious’s return. Hopefully we’ll see a reunion of love between the troubled yer star-crossed lovers.

The Lyons vs. The DuBois

Not to be ever underestimated, the first hip-hop of family was almost torn apart  last season as they met their match with The DuBois family. I think it’s great watching two powerful families go for each other’s throats and reach for the win—all for the respect of each family’s name of course. Diana DuBois, played by the legendary talent Phylicia Rashad, makes a return as an antagonist unlike ever before in the history of Empire.

The season 4 premiere didn’t seem quite as exciting as I hoped, but I have faith it’ll pick up over the next twelve episodes.

What did y’all think? Sound off in the comments below!

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle–REVIEW

I just came home from seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle. What follows is a honest spoiler-free review of the film starting Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and more.

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Similar to music, sports, or anything else pop culture related— sequels usually (but not every time) suck. However, Kingsman: The Golden Circle serves as a direct hit to its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service. What makes the franchise so amazing is that it stands out from other spy film franchises such as 007 or The Bourne Identity. Although these franchises are great in their own way, the Kingsman relies on a less serious tone while also packing a punch with its brand of humor and action style.

Here’s a quick synopsis from IMDB:

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

The main character is named “Eggsy”, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when new ones were woven into the story with names such as “Tequila”, “Champagne”, “Whiskey” or “Ginger Ale.”

In The Secret Service, character development was a necessity to push the plot forward. Regarding The Golden Circle—not so much. In my opinion, backstories or any type of character motivation was lazily meshed through for the sake of focusing on the action. 

Also, Julianne Moore as the villainous “Poppy” was a weird choice that didn’t sit right with me–but I ended up enjoying the movie and didn’t put too much thought into it as the film progressed.

Be sure to check out Kingsman: The Golden Circle sometime this weekend. Let me know what y’all think!

Converse Will Drop A New Line of Kicks Made of ACTUAL Jerseys!

Converse and the NBA will be dropping new NBA-influenced kicks to match the jerseys on 9/29! Cop or drop? Read more info on TheOriginalChatman.Com!

Anybody who knows me, knows that I’m not much of a sneakerhead; however, I’ll drop some bread if I’m really feeling the overall aesthetic of a certain pair of kicks. With that being said, I  have to let everyone know about the new line of kicks Converse is ready to drop within D A Y S so like myself, you too can make an informed decision if you want these kicks or not.

According to Complex’s sister site Sole CollectorNike and its sister company Converse (Nike bought the legendary footwear company by in 2013 for $305 million–via The New York Times) are slated to drop new sneakers on Sept. 29th, the same day Nike’s NBA Connected Jersey is being released. The Converse NBA collection is composed of the Gameday, Legend, and Franchise versions of the shoe.

Here’s a quick summary of each variation of the Converse NBA collection:

The Chuck ’70 NBA Gameday

  • Individually numbered
  • Limited to 250 pairs
  • Made of authentic NBA jerseys
  • Backed with a leather lining. Leather interior features NBA logos plus the collaborative Converse x NBA woven labels under the shoe’s tongue.

The Chuck ’70 NBA Legend

  • For the “sophisticated fan”
  • Amazing leather upper
  • Highlights the winning legacies of the the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.

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The Chuck NBA Franchise

  • Represents 13 teams with embroidered logos 
  • Screen-printed details on the shoes’ uppers
  • Each outsole displays the given team’s city influence
  • Will include Nike’s signature Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede internal lining strictly for comfort purposes.

As mentioned before, next Friday (Sept. 29th) is when Nike and Converse will bring us the heat with its new merch promoting the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA season. Will you guys cop or drop the merch when it releases? Sound off in the comments below!

Source(s): Sole CollectorNike.com

 

 

Will Smith Says Barrack Obama Gave Him the Green Light to Portray Him In A Movie

According to Will Smith, Barrack Obama gave him the green light to play him in a future movie role. It’d be a hit for sure!

I don’t know about y’all, but I definitely miss Barrack as our president. He exemplified the embodiment of grown man swag–plus he was the coolest president ever on so many levels! It’s only a matter of time before we are blessed with a movie focused on his life as the 44th POTUS.

While not currently official, Will Smith shared with The Late Late Show host James Corden that Barrack Obama granted Smith the permission to portray him in a movie role in the future. It was during Tuesday’s (August 8th) debut episode of Corden’s wildly successful Carpool Karaoke segment—which is now a stand-alone show on Apple Music—in which Smith jokingly revealed the news.

“I talked to Barack about it. He told me that he felt confident that I had the ears for that role.” Watch the first Carpool Karaoke episode below!

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Fader 

The ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Reinvents Itself As A Live Tour

The ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Reinvents Itself As A Live Tour. Read more info on TheOriginalChatman.Com!

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Image via Universal Studios

No doubt, the Fast and Furious franchise will be one of the greatest and most remembered franchises of all time. This past Wednesday, one of the biggest stars from the franchise made an announcement via Facebook that sparked new life into F&F.

According to a video posted to his official Facebook page, Vin Diesel will be part of a live Fast and Furious world tour. Could you imagine jumping from car to car while in motion? Or driving exotic cars through buildings!?

You probably won’t get the chance to jump in a car and experience the stunts firsthand; however, once the tour comes to an arena near you, you’ll be able to witness the potential hype surrounding the tour. Watch Diesel make the announcement in the video below.

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“I am in New York, believe it or not, and we are filming something that is going to be pretty state of the art,” said Diesel, “something no one’s ever seen before, which is a live show. I think it’s first going to be showed at the O2 Arena in London, but it’s going to go all over the world and we’re really excited about it.”

Variety says that the live world tour will be produced by Universal Studios. The tour reportedly is slated to recreate some of the biggest stunts in the history of the series.

The live tour details are still under wraps. Be sure to check it out January 2018 in an arena near you.

Source(s): Complex, Variety

HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Has Been Renewed for a Season 3!

Despite it’s current second season run, fans will be happy HBO’s Insecure has been renewed for season 3! The hit comedy will also compete with fellow comedy series Ballers, which has also been renewed for a fourth season.

Straight from the Twitter of Issa Rae— we’ll be getting a season three of her hit HBO comedy series Insecure!

Although currently in its second season run, this is great news for those of us who are still undecided as to whether we’re #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence.

Insecure follows the narrative of Issa and Molly, her best friend, as they navigate their relationships at work and in the love department. The premise of season 2 we witness the rocky relationship (or what is left of it) after her breakup with boyfriend Lawrence who has already moved on yet still has lingering feelings for his ex.

HBO has also renewed Ballers for a fourth season, the Dwayne Johnson-helmed project which is currently in its third season.

 

 

Movie Review: Girls Trip

Check out The Original Chatman’s review of Girls Trip!

Ever since the inception of The Hangover franchise, there has been a slow yet steady rise of films in which we witness a group of friends get into some sh*t they can’t get themselves out of; however by the film’s end, the main conflict is resolved. After watching Girls Trip tonight, I can definitely say this—- Girls Trip is far from being another Hangover (no shade)! 

 

First of all, the chemistry of  the protagonists is amazing. Jada Pinkett-SmithQueen LatifahRegina King, and Tiffany Haddish portray four college friends who reunite at the annual Essence Festival after five years of not seeing one another.

Lisa (Pinkett-Smith), Ryan (King), Sasha (Latifah), and Dina (Haddish) were sorority sisters back in the day part of their own little crew called the “Flossy Posse.” For the most part, every comedy in the same lane as Girls Trip has similar character tropes that are played out (i.e. the outlandish comic relief, the serious one, the peacemaker, and the one friend that has beef with the main character).

What makes Girls Trip refreshing is the generic chemistry between the four ladies. Most buddy films attempt to create chemistry between co-stars that comes off as hurried. The cast of Girls Trip deliver as friends in real life.

Additionally, each lead reveals a level of vulnerability often not reserved for comedies. Within the first ten minutes, comedian Tiffany Haddish’s star-power is apparent and her role demands attention that is careful not to diminish the storylines of the other characters.

Finally, four black female leads in a movies is super dope! Despite more a few more dick jokes than I could handle, Girls Trip is a trip you’ll definitely enjoy from start to finish!